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What activities can be funded through the Together Fund?

This short guide explains what sort of activities can be funded as part of a Together Fund application.

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We are keen to reduce the inequalities in physical activity experienced by Disabled people and people with long term health conditions, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Can organisations use money from the TF to fund gardening?

The fund cannot be used to fund the sole purpose of gardening. However, if the gardening activity is part of a wider project that involves other forms of physical activity, for example, walking, cycling, outdoor gym exercise, then the project may be eligible.

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Can Sport England fund on-costs, administration, co-ordination and management fees?

We want as much money as possible to reach the organisations and their audiences/participants/beneficiaries. We can only support funding for direct project costs and for a fair and proportionate share of an organisation’s overheads that directly relate to the delivery of the project.

Can Sport England fund research and evaluation through the Together Fund?

We are unable to support research costs through the Together Fund but accept as part of co-ordinating activity costs there might be a small amount connected to administering surveys or similar for developing evidence of impact.

Can TF funding support capital?

The Together Fund should not be used to support projects involving construction or refurbishment of the property, putting up temporary buildings or land improvement.

Can the TF support activities that an organisation will also charge participants for?

This use of funding is acceptable if the costs are appropriate to the audience and don’t present a barrier to participation.

Can Sport England fund one-off events?

Generally, we cannot support one-off events unless they have a clear purpose to engage or re-engage with an audience and demonstrate that they are either at the beginning or end of a wider piece of activity for those involved.

What kinds of costs are eligible for inclusion in awards Sport England make to community organisations?

In supporting community organisations in your localities, you might receive requests to support the following which are eligible items of expenditure for this fund at this time:

  1. Staff costs
  2. Training costs
  3. Rent / Facility hire
  4. Utility costs
  5. IT costs f. Insurance

What costs are ineligible for TF lottery funding and therefore cannot be included?

There are certain items that are not eligible for lottery funding as follows:

  • Activities or costs which are already covered by other government funding, including rates
  • Capital works
  • Activities promoting religious or political beliefs
  • Where there is personal benefit to an individual
  • Any private business or profit-making organisations unless they are a Social Enterprise or Community Interest Company
  • Partnerships and freelancers
  • Loss of Sponsorship or loan repayments.
  • Replacement of general equipment for reasons unrelated to the Together Fund (its broken, tired, torn etc).
  • Contingency costs and VAT organisations are seeking to recover. This list is not exhaustive. If you are unsure, please do get in touch via email  at

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